President Trump and First Lady Melania Test Positive for COVID-19

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On Thursday October 1, 2020, it was reported that Hope Hicks, a senior advisor that works closely with The President and First Lady, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Later that day President Trump, who is 74, tweeted that he and the First Lady, who is 50, began quarantining and were awaiting their test results.

A few hours later after the President, in the beginning hour of Friday morning, posted on Twitter confirming that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19. His tweet said, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

The President’s physician Sean Conley released this statement on Thursday night:

I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.

The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.

Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.

According to Forbes.com, the White House has cleared President Trump’s schedule for Friday, which had a Florida campaign rally planned.

The next presidential debate is scheduled for October 15, 2020. According to the CDC someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 10 days following no symptoms.

Sam Vinograd, a National Security Expert called the situation a “code red moment” for the United States even before the Trumps’ official diagnosis.

“The President is suffering from a deadly virus. This is serious,” she said in an interview Thursday night.

Vinograd, who worked in the White House during the Obama administration, took to Twitter with a break down of the “immediate operational impact” that this diagnosis has on the functioning of the U.S. government.

Vinograd says that social distancing at the White House is not possible unless extraordinary measures are taken, adding that she worked in a closet for two years only and arms distance from her closest colleague.


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